WEEK OF DECEMBER 16

Announcements:
Virtual Manager and Annual Membership Meetings
Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual Manager and Annual Membership meeting last Saturday, December 12.  Theresa will send out a separate email soon with important information from the meeting.  Please watch for that email.

Theresa Pizzuto continues to do well with her recovery.  Her physical therapist said she is doing better than expected and cut down her splint so it is only on her wrist.  She has more flexibility in her fingers and can use her right hand for light activities.  For her holiday gift, Theresa hopes her vertebrae will be healed well enough to eliminate her movement restrictions.  Yeah!Until Theresa recovers, please be patient if produce and other items aren’t restocked as usual.

The Co-op needs a cashier to help fill in for Theresa on Thursdays.  Other help is appreciated as well especially until Theresa gets back on her feet.

Updated COVID-19 Reminders – We are still following safety protocols

As you know we are still following all of the recommended CDC guidelines for keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are currently very short staffed, so in addition to wanting to keep everyone safe and healthy, we also need to be mindful that the co-op operations are in danger of shutting down if our mangers become ill.

Given the recent surge in cases as well as anticipated increases during the winter, and the the recent exposure of 2 of our day managers (who then had to quarantine(, I want to share a few important reminders:

What we ask you to do:
  • If you are feeling sick at all (fever or not), Please do not come into the store.
  • If you know you have been exposed to COVID-19, DO NOT come into the store.  The CDC guidelines call for staying home for 14 days after you’ve been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.  See this link for more information:  What to Do If You Are Sick | CDC
  • If you cannot or will not wear a mask, we will provide curbside pickup for you in order to keep our managers healthy.

The rest of the original protocols still apply:

  • Wash your hands when you arrive and leave
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet when possible, particularly from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Try to only touch the products you plan to purchase.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • You should also stay home if you have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.

2020 Membership Renewals

Memberships are due the first time you shop at the Co-op in 2020. The cost has increased to $30 for the entire year, which is still a great deal. This is the first increase in 30 years, and is needed to increase our income. Thank you for your continued support!

See the recipe for  Ginger Molasses Cookies at the bottom of this email

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products 
(See photos below)

  • Bulk Packaged, Refrig, & Frozen:  Bulk organic pecan halves, organic pistachios, sesame sticks, organic walnut halves; Beyond Gourmet Coffee Filters and Parchment Paper; Equal Exchange Hot Cocoa; King Arthur Rye flour; Nature’s Path organic Heritage Flakes cereal; Pacific soups and vegetable broth; Walkers Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies and Snowman Cookies; Wild Planet Mackeral Fillets; Bubbie’s Sauerkraut and Kosher Dill Pickles; Follow Your Heart Vegenaise; GTS Kombucha (Cosmic Cranberry and Trilogy), Happy Cow Eggnog, Milk, Buttermilk, Cranberry Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese; Miyoko Vegan Butter; White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt,  Amys Pizza, Brazil Bites Cheese Bread, Woodstock Cut Corn.
  • Gluten-Free: Birch Benders Paleo Waffles;  NOW Coconut Milk Powder; Late July Organic Blue Tortilla Chips
  • Consignments: knitted items by Meg MacArthur – new knit caps and scarfs!
  • Personal Care: nfuse magnesium deodorant, Alba Organics sunscreen, Clearly Natural unscented liquid hand soap
  • Pet Products:  Castor & Pollux pristine grain free beef bone broth; Castor & Pollux organic cookies, Human Grade Organics Cookie Pal Ginger and Turmeric Treats, I Love You Chicken and Salmon Jerky Bites.
  • Supplements:  NOW Air Defense Healthy Immune Support.
  • Local Produce:  
Monthly Senior Discount Day
The Co-Op offers a 5% discount to senior 65+ on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  The next senior discount day will be held on Saturday, December 19.
Day Managers Needed
(Markup depends on day of week/hours worked)
We are looking for volunteers to be trained as Day Managers (hours depend on day of week). If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.
Secretary Needed
(Officer position – 0% markup)
 The Secretary takes minutes at the monthly manager meetings & quarterly general membership meetings, sends out the Weekly Update and all email communications to members & managers. Computer skills are required, including basic knowledge of Word and Excel; familiarity with Google Docs a plus. If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.

Assistant Manager Needed
(Officer position – 0% markup)

The Assistant Manager assists the General Manager and Associate Manager in management activities and decision-making, serves in the absence of the Assoc. Manager or General Manager as needed, attends Manager, General Membership and agenda-planning meetings and works to gain knowledge of all jobs, policies and procedures associated with the operation of the Co-op.  Good organizational, communication and computer skills are required, including basic knowledge of Word and Excel; familiarity with Google Docs, MailChimp and email lists is a plus. You will work closely with the the Associate & General Manager and we will provide training as needed. If you are interested or want to learn more please contact Theresa Pizzuto.

Order Deadlines and Delivery Dates

Online ordering calendar

UNFI —   The next delivery is Wednesday December 23.  The next order date is Monday, December 28 with delivery date of Wednesday, January 6.Happy Cow —   The next order deadline is Saturday, December 19 for pickup on Monday, December 21.

Sami’s Bread — Please place a special order if you would like us to order from this company again.

Frontier Herbs — Orders due monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Albert’s Produce— The next delivery will be made when we can meet the minimum.  To place an order or receive information about product/price lists please contact Theresa.

New, Restocked & Highlighted Products
Produce

Produce Updates

If you are interested in ordering a specific type of produce please contact Theresa to discuss availability. 

Short-term Local Seasonal Produce To special order please contact Theresa
New produce list: see top section of email
  • Growing Greens Family Farms:  We order from them approximately every two weeks. For more information, visit Growing Green Family Farm.  They are a local farm in Anderson,  SC
  • Cedar Knoll Farms:  we will order seasonal produce as our shelf stock is depleted (weekly or every other week).  For more information, go to https://www.cedarknollfarmnursery.farm/
  • DarkSpore Mushrooms: We order from them approximately every two weeks. They culture a variety of mushrooms including Blue Oyster, Chestnut, Elm oyster and shiitakes.  For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/darksporemushrooms/
  • Healthy Hen Farm: seasonal produce & eggs will be ordered as it is available
  • Jewell Farm: we will order seasonal produce as it is available.
  • Roundtop Farm: ginger and turmeric will be restocked as it is available
  • Warbranch Mushrooms: we receive log-grown shiitakes as they are available
Albert’s Organics Produce Distributor:  Produce will be ordered when we can make the minimum.
Personal Care

 New & Restocked Pet Products
Supplements
Supplement by Brand
Supplements by Shelf Order
Consignments
Reduced Items
Discontinued Products

Discontinued by UNFI

  • St. Dalfour Gourmet to Go 3 Bean Salad

    St. Dalfour Gourmet to Go Salmon

  • Traina Natural California Bing Cherries

  • SunSpire Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar

  • Rapunzel Brand

    • Coco Powder

    • Veg Bouillon (no salt, w/ herbs, w/ sea salt)

  • Coconut Secret Organic Almond Coconut Bar

  • Nutiva brand Organic Red Palm Oil 15oz is discontinued from the Co-op shelf.

    • Full cases of six jars are still available by special order only.

  • Reed’s Cherry Brew beverage

  • Canned Santa Barbara brand large black olives

    Still Available by Special Order

  • Eden Organic Red Kidney Beans, 15oz cans

  • Eden Organic Cannellini White Kidney Beans, 15oz cans

Discounted Items

There are a variety of discounted items located on our Clearance shelf.

Recipes and Health Articles

Ginger Molasses Cookies
You won’t be able to resist these sweet and spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies. Made in under 25 minutes (+ chill time) for the perfect fall treat. But beware, these cookies are highly addictive!Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  12 minutes
Total Time:   22 minutes

Calories:      148 kcal

Author: Sarah McMinn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, I use Earth Balance or Miyoko
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for coating

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and powder, spices, and salt. In a separate bowl or stand up mixer, beat vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add oil and molasses and mix to combine. In several batches add the dry ingredients until a dough begins to form. Be careful not to over-mix.
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Place rolling sugar in a small bowl. Spoon out 1 rounded tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Coat with sugar and place the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough, leaving about two inches between cookies.
  5. Bake for 10-13 minutes until the edges begin to firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. They will continue to harden as they cool. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cookies to cool completely.

Notes
Serving and Storing – Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Freeze leftover cookie dough for up to two months. To do this, roll all the dough into balls. Place them on a baking sheet in the freezer to freeze all the way through. Once frozen, transfer your cookie dough into a large Ziplock bag and return to the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, remove from freezer, roll in sugar, and bake!
Recipe Tips – For cakier cookies, add an extra 1/4 cup of flour and bake for 2 minutes longer.

YIELD:   24 cookies

Full article here:   AMAZING Ginger Molasses Cookies| My Darling Vegan